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A masterpiece of early topographical literature

Author CAREW, Richard (1555-1620)
Title The Survey of Cornwall
Imprint London : Printed by S. S[tafford] for John Jaggard, and are to bee sold neere Temple-barre, and the signe of the Hand and Starre. 1602
Price £1120.00                 Terms of Business
Stock No HMF1296
Description First Edition
Small 4to, [para.]4, A2, B-Z, Aa-Ss4, Tt2, lacking blank first leaf, sig, A (Table to First Part) misbound between Bb3 and Bb4, gutter of first 5 leaves strengthened, cropped at head touching many headlines, occasionally with loss, pale waterstains to c. 20 leaves, indistinct embossed stamp on title page of The Library of Yorkshire Archeological Society [offically withdrawn] otherwise a sound copy, recently rebound in plain vellum boards, ms title to spine.
Notes The earliest survey of Cornwall, [“a masterpiece of early topographical literature” - Cox] and a model for county histories for some two centuries after. “The Survey is above all a representation of Cornwall as its author saw it, in terms of the landscape and climate, and of the occupations of men and women whose lives these shaped. Such matters as the local tin mines, the fishing industry, and the games people played, including hurling, all come within the compass of his lively pen. He remains interested in languages, and provides an early account of the use of sign language by two deaf people. He defends church ales because they promote neighbourly feeling, a quality clearly close to his heart, for he was a sociable man. Not the least of the pleasures of the Survey lies in Carew's exuberant style, perfectly encapsulated in his remarks on Cornish rats: ‘alike cumbersome through their crying and rattling, while they dance their gallop galliards in the roof at night’” - ODNB.
References ESTC S107479 Upcott Vol. 1 p.76. Cox. Guide to Travel Literature. Vol.3 p.355